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Case Study: Whole Villa Control in China

ELAN brings total control to villa in China with 700 lighting loads and 150 motorized window shades.

A recent ELAN installation in Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, China, demonstrates the full capabilities of the system, turning the owner’s new 200,000-square-foot luxury villa into a high-tech home of the future with simple, intuitive control of 700 lighting loads, 150 motorized window shades, 110 individual climate zones, 25 surveillance cameras, 12 zones of audio, and eight zones of security.

According to DVACO Group, the ELAN China distributor and integrator that completed the installation, the homeowner wanted the latest and greatest home technologies to match the home’s luxury finishes and furnishings, but he also required that it be easy to operate from any room, or from anywhere in the world. With the Mandarin language ELAN interface on 18 ELAN 12-inch in-wall touchscreens, five ELAN remotes and the ELAN app on several mobile devices, the owner can now fully control nearly every home function, no matter where he is in the world.

“Because everything is in the same system, the owner can do whatever he wants from a single app,” says DVACO Group representative Anita Liu. “It’s simple to make changes to lighting, or to check surveillance footage, or adjust the climate settings, so he is very pleased with it. With large touchscreens located throughout the home, plus advanced ELAN TV remotes and the ELAN app on his mobile phone, he is never more than a few buttons away from his ideal home environment.”

According to Liu, the booming Chinese economy is increasing demand for the latest home automation systems, with more and more people becoming aware of the ability to improve the quality of home living through advanced technologies. The ELAN Mandarin language interface is an ideal choice, consistent across all input devices, from in-wall touchscreens to smartphones to PCs. With showrooms in several cities, DVACO Group offers its clients a hands-on introduction to ELAN control to demonstrate how easy and useful the system can be. The ELAN mobile app is a crucial component, as their clients regularly ask for security and surveillance systems that can be accessed and viewed from anywhere.

For this homeowner, integrating most of the home’s core systems was a no-brainer. The large villa with 700 lighting loads and 150 motorized window shades would be extremely complicated and difficult to manage without a centralized interface. Beyond the utility offered by the ELAN interface, the owner added multi-room audio with Niles amplifiers, zone controllers, and speakers, plus five Fusion Research Ovation Solo media servers to deliver streaming audio sources to all 12 zones. Another crucial component was the integrated intercom, which allows instant communication throughout the entire home and from the ELAN mobile app.

“Our client wanted each room to have a dedicated ELAN interface so there is always a touchscreen nearby that can change lighting or climate, and also provide communication to every other room,” Liu says. “One of his favorite features is the “Sleep” button specially added to the bedroom touchscreen, which automatically closes all the shades and turns off all the lights and music with a single tap. It even turns off the touchscreen itself, leaving only a single “Night” LED illuminated so any late-night trips to the bathroom or elsewhere are simple, without a bright light staying on all night.”

An ELAN gSC10 is the “brain” of the system, while 120 lighting keypads provide multiple input avenues to make fast changes. The multi-room audio system relies on five Niles Auriel audio controller/amplifiers.

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